The U.S. Capitol was just placed on lockdown after gunfire erupted outside the building. Luke Russert of MSNBC reported that he heard "three distinct booms" near the West front of the building, then saw 40 to 50 tourists hit the ground. There are unconfirmed reports—according to NBC News—of an injured U.S. Capitol police officer. This bulletin was sent out by the Capitol police:
SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
As we all know, the government is shut down at the moment—meaning police officers who responded to the emergency are working without pay today. Everything is fucked up all the time, you guys.
Something happening outside Capitol. Police running around with guns at ready. pic.twitter.com/7JkF5fMzfS— Alex Leary (@learyreports) October 3, 2013